Who is Elijah Stansell? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Parents, Arrested, Charges, Investigation Report

Elijah Stansell Wiki – Elijah Stansell Biography

Elijah Stansell is a Florida missionary teenager who is accused of intentionally running over a woman in Polk City on November 9, he then suspects fled the scene. Stansell and his three friends, also teenagers aged 16, 15, and 14 are charged with attempted murder.

As previously reported, the incident was allegedly the result of a petty spat between teenagers. (The three co-defendants in this case are juveniles. Law&Crime is naming them because they are charged as adults.)

According to an affidavit obtained by Law&Crime, Penton’s son was in a relationship with Kimberly Stone, who has turned 16 since the incident happened. The couple split, but it was anything but amicable. The former couple continued to argue, allegedly escalating to Stone writing threats on social media, and that her new boyfriend (Stansell) would “handle it.”

Elijah Stansell Age

Elijah Stansell is 18 years of age as of 2020.


Stansell’s father, Paul Stansell, took to Facebook shortly after the arrest of his son, he wrote, “Please pray for my family.” When asked in the comments section about what happened, Paul Stansell replied by saying, “The devil is attacking my family.”

According to the website for the Westwood Missionary Baptist Church in Winterhaven, Florida, Paul Stansell is the director of ABA Disaster Relief for the church.

Stansell’s mother also works with the church’s disaster relief program.

Stansell Run Over a Lady

Stansell is accused of intentionally running over a woman in Polk City. Investigators believe that Stansell and three friends went to the home in order to “handle” an ongoing dispute that is described as “romantic in nature.”

The four banged on the victim’s door and physically attacked him. Investigators say that the attack continued in the victim’s home. At some point, the victim’s mother returned home. Investigators say that the mother followed the suspects to their van and began taking photos of the vehicle.

The statement reads, “Though there was enough room for the van to maneuver around her as she stood in the roadway, Stansell intentionally ran into her, then over her, before fleeing the scene.” Investigators say that there are several eyewitnesses to the assault and surveillance footage.

The mother is described as being in “very critical condition” in the hospital.


Stansell was arrested and is being held a Polk County Jail. Sheriff Grady Judd said of the crime, “This was a coordinated, planned attack, carried out by a group of teens who beat up a teen then ran over his mother, leaving her for dead. I can’t even fathom teenagers doing something so heinous. Our prayers are with this family.”


Stansell is facing charges of attempted felony murder, burglary with assault, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, lewd and lascivious battery on a minor 15 years old.

A tragic criminal case out of Polk County, Florida just got a lot worse for everyone involved. Sheriff Grady Judd announced in a press conference on Tuesday that local mother Suzette Penton died from injuries sustained in a vehicular attack. The attempted murder charge against the alleged driver Elijah Stansell, 18, was upgraded to first-degree murder.

Cut to November 9. Stansell, Stone, Raven Sutton, 16, and Hannah Eubank, 14, went to the ex-boyfriend’s home. Stansell attacked him there, deputies said. Sutton was allegedly at his side. Eubanks allegedly seemed to be filming all of this on her phone. Meanwhile, Stone allegedly stayed in the van.

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Enter Suzette Penton. She arrived home with her younger son, authorities said. Stansell, Sutton, and Eubank fled into a van parked across the street, deputies claimed. Penton stood in the roadway in front of the vehicle and used her phone to take pictures of the suspects. Authorities claimed the van accelerated, then ran over her. Deputies emphasized that there was enough room to maneuver around Penton, but that did not happen.

Investigation Report

The sheriff described the vehicle as a van used for maintenance by the Westwood Missionary Baptist Church. Stansell is the son of a pastor there.

Investigators cited witness statements and surveillance footage in backing up their claim. Things were already awful when Penton initially survived. Officials said she sustained a traumatic brain injury, which included a skull fracture and brain bleeding. There was also a broken leg, knee injury, and fluid building in her lungs. She was unresponsive and intubated. That ended with her recent death.

“It should’ve never happened,” Judd said.

A “celebration of life” to honor Penton is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Donald Bronson Community Center at Polk City.

Judd said the investigation was ongoing.

Stansell’s attorney Kevin Cox declined to comment when Law&Crime reached out. The defendant previously pleaded not guilty in the case back when the top charge was attempted murder, records show. He also still faces three counts of contributing delinquency or dependency of a minor and a count of burglary with assault. There also was another charge of lewd and lascivious battery on a minor on a victim 15 years old, deputies said.

Eubank and Sutton were represented by the local public defender’s office, but this defense issued separate filings on Monday. In each case, they cited a conflict of interest in representing the defendant in question. They asked that a substitute be appointed.

Stone had no attorney of record.

The three co-defendants are still charged with attempted felony murder, and burglary with assault.


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